The other day we ran into an old friend who was talking about her daughter. The daughter had stopped going to church at one point. The friend explained to us how she came around, started coming back to church and was married in the temple. At the apex of her excitement at her daughter’s renewed faith, she mentioned that not only did she marry in the temple, but she married a returned missionary.
Have returned missionaries been reduced to nothing more than prizes for young women who stay faithful? Is marrying a returned missionary a sign of a woman’s righteousness? Was I completely oblivious to all that?
I know teenage member girls always fawned over my companions and I, but I dealt with that before my mission from member and non-member girls alike. I assumed it was simply an extension of that.
All I know is the last thing I wanted to do was marry a returned missionary.